Nigerian Newspapers: Headlines that will interest you today, Monday

Good day, good citizens of Nigeria. Here are headlines from Nigerian Newspapers that may interest you today, Monday, May 16, 2022.

1. Blasphemy: Our children won’t attend school again, say Deborah’s parents [Punch Newspaper]

Emmanuel Garba, Deborah’s father, in an interview with The PUNCH on Sunday, said he paid N120,000 to transport the remains of his daughter from Sokoto State to Niger State.

Garba, who said he would not seek any legal redress, disclosed that the government had not contacted him despite the gruesome killing of her daughter.

He stated, “I have yet to get a call or message from anyone concerning the incident. Nobody called me; I decided to go on my own. I went to the state CID (Criminal Investigation Department) office and begged them to help me get the corpse so I could bury it because leaving it there might make it decompose. Then they took me to the mortuary, did some paperwork and released the remains to me.”

2. 2023: APC govs, senators draw battle line over Ahmed Lawan [Vanguard Newspaper]

Ahead of the presidential convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, indications have emerged of a battle of supremacy between state governors and senators over the party’s choice of a presidential candidate.

Trouble started with the senators’ rejection of a request by President Muhammadu Buhari to expunge an aspect of the Electoral Act 2022 (as amended), which bars executive appointees from voting as delegates at party congresses and conventions.

3. Soludo visits Nnamdi Kanu  in custody – here’s what transpired [NewsWireNGR]

Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has expressed sadness over the spate of killings and other forms of criminalities in the South-east, Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra State said on Saturday.

Security in Nigeria’s South-east has deteriorated in recent times with attacks by armed persons reported almost on a daily basis across the region. Anambra State has witnesses some of the worst attacks in the region. Read more.

4. All Catholic Masses in Sokoto metropolis have been suspended [NewsWireNGR]

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah, on Saturday said all Masses in Sokoto metropolis have been suspended until the curfew imposed by the State Government is lifted.

The 24-hour curfew was imposed after protests rocked parts of Sokoto city over the detention of two persons linked to the gruesome killing of Deborah Samuel.

In a statement sent to newsmen, Kukah called for calm and commended Governor Aminu Tambuwal for acting promptly by declaring the curfew. Read more.

5. Northern Governors call for calm as rampaging muslims murder christian students [NewsWireNGR]

The Northern Governors Forum has called for calm following the killing of Miss Deborah Samuel, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, for alleged blasphemy.

The chairman of the forum and governor of Plateau, Mr Simon Lalong, made the appeal in a statement conveyed by his spokesperson, Dr Makut Macham in Jos.

“The governors are concerned about the development which is clearly an extra-judicial measure of addressing perceived infraction.” Read more.

6. Christian Association Organises Nationwide Protest, demand Justice for Deborah [NewsWireNGR]

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has directed all churches in the country and Christian stakeholders to hold a peaceful protest nationwide over the gruesome killing of Deborah Yakubu by a mob of Muslim youths in Sokoto State for alleged blasphemy.
CAN made the call via a circular that was released by the General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, on Saturday, and obtained by NewsWireNGR. Read more.

7. Prophet Muhammad was insulted while alive, yet he didn’t kill anybody — Sheikh Gumi [NewsWireNGR]

Renowned Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, said that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW), was at several points during his lifetime insulted by non-Muslims, yet he refused to attack or even kill persons who assassinated his characters.

Gumi made this known while conducting a religious teaching class in his Kaduna Juma’at mosque.

The Kaduna based scholar, in a video clip obtained and translated by PRNigeria, said the prophet’s refusal to avenge the insults of non-Muslims were raining on him while he was alive, was because he does not want to be regarded or tagged a killer. Read more.

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